Balancing Civil rights and Anti-terror laws

Synopsis: The objective of UAPA is to check terrorism, and its misuse is against the ethos of democracy. Background: Recently, Delhi High Court granted bail to activists who were undertrial for their alleged involvement in the 2020 Delhi riots. The judgment is a judicial opposition to the authoritarian regime of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act… Continue reading Balancing Civil rights and Anti-terror laws

Protecting the right to dissent from UAPA

Synopsis: The Delhi High Court granted bail to young student and activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita, Asif Tanha. The present judgement of Delhi HC will go a long way in strengthening the most important pillar of our democracy – right to protest and dissent. Introduction The three young students and activists were imprisoned for over… Continue reading Protecting the right to dissent from UAPA

“Safe Harbour Protection” for Twitter Withdrawn

What is the News? According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY), Twitter has failed to comply with the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2021. This means the “Safe Harbour” Protection under Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act is withdrawn for Twitter. What is “Safe Harbour” Protection under Section 79  of IT Act?… Continue reading “Safe Harbour Protection” for Twitter Withdrawn

UAPA or Unlawful Activities Prevention Act – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Delhi High Court recently granted bail to 3 students, accused of conducting riots and anti CAA protests in North East Delhi. This case highlights another instance of misuse of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA),1967. The UAPA was formulated to strengthen the security framework of the country and preserve the unity and integrity… Continue reading UAPA or Unlawful Activities Prevention Act – Explained, Pointwise

Significance of the Kedar Nath Singh Judgment on Sedition

Synopsis: The significance of Kedar Nath Singh judgment for sedition cases was once again highlighted in the recent Vinod Dua sedition case. The 1962 judgment upheld Section-124A of the Indian Penal Code, but it significantly narrowed down the provision. Background: The SC struck down a sedition case filed under Section-124 A of the Indian Penal… Continue reading Significance of the Kedar Nath Singh Judgment on Sedition

Sedition law in India: Arguments for and against- Explained, pointwise

Introduction Recently the Supreme Court invalidated a sedition case filed against a journalist. In judgement, the court held that “Every journalist is entitled to protection under the Kedar Nath Singh judgement”. This is not an exceptional case, where the Supreme court has criticized the application of Section 124A(Sedition). In the past also, the judiciary has… Continue reading Sedition law in India: Arguments for and against- Explained, pointwise

Journalists need protection against “sedition charges”: Supreme Court

What is the News? Supreme Court of India has quashed the FIR lodged against a senior journalist for sedition charge and other offences. In that, the court held that the Journalists need protection against sedition charges. What was the case? A sedition case was filed against a senior journalist over his YouTube show where he… Continue reading Journalists need protection against “sedition charges”: Supreme Court

“Sedition law” needs relook, especially for media: Supreme Court

What is the News? The Supreme Court of India has said that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code that deals with sedition requires interpretation, particularly in the context of media freedom. What was the case? A petition was filed in the Supreme Court. It was after the Andhra Pradesh Police had registered a suo… Continue reading “Sedition law” needs relook, especially for media: Supreme Court

Misuse of Sedition law in India

Synopsis – Unwarranted arrest of MP in Andhra Pradesh is another example of the misuse of the Sedition law in India relating to exciting disaffection against the government. Introduction- Section 124-A [which deals with sedition law] has been misused in a number of cases in India. One of them is the unwarranted arrest of K.… Continue reading Misuse of Sedition law in India

Status of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act(UAPA) in 2019

What is the News? The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) informed Lok Sabha about the number of cases registered under the Unlawful Activities [Prevention] Act(UAPA) in 2019. Key Data Provided by MHA on cases under UAPA: Persons arrested under UAPA: In 1226 cases around 1948 persons were arrested under UAPA across the country in 2019. This… Continue reading Status of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act(UAPA) in 2019